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I find these adult Grass Snakes (Natrix natrix) yesterday, courting in braken on the side of a slag heap at the old lead working at Charterhouse. I had been looking for over an hour when I became aware of the rustling sound as they moved through the bracken and leaf litter. In total there were more than 10 and may be 15 of them. It was a great experience, lying down only 6ft from them, although a little un-nerving when I heard further movement behind me.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark III
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:24 Mar 2012 - 5:07 PM
Focal Length:510mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/8.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:If you go down to the woods today..........
Username:livinglevels livinglevels
Uploaded:25 Mar 2012 - 10:41 AM
Tags:Charterhouse, Courtship, Grass snake, Mendips, Natrix natrix, Snakes, Spring, Wildlife / nature
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gloccy
gloccy  3 Scotland
25 Mar 2012 - 10:44 AM

Well captured. I bet you wouldnt have been lying that close if it was the other UK species.

Craig

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2136 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2012 - 10:48 AM

I had a walk yesterday morning and cycled in the afternoon to see if I could find some snakes,I usually see an adder by my home every year but not yet this year,I shall be off again when my cake comes out of the oven.
You 've had a brilliant shot here,and been verry brave to lay down.
NettaSmileSmileSmile

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Leilani
Leilani  929 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 8:35 AM

What location did you find them? They eat frogs and stuff, would love to see one in the wild.

Fantastic capture! Although, I have to say, I think you were safe lying down, they aren't venomous, they may hiss and strike but they don't do it with their mouth open, so no danger of being punctured...now the Adder is a different story! Smile

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livinglevels
livinglevels e2 Member 2livinglevels vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 9:30 PM

Charterhouse is up on the Mendips above Cheddar

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